A mysterious find

During the early 90’s, the now 67 year old William Nelson discovered an old photo album in the midst of an household clearance in the state of Minnesota. He realised quickly, that he stumbled upon a real treasure:  a photobook from 1904.

The book contained precisely 240 negatives which were more or less cramped into it. Due to this, it was relatively difficult to match them with the few notes included in the collection.

Nelson furthermore discovered that the photos were quite different from other images of the time. These pictures captured a style which soon would change the way photography was perceived throughout the world. The photographer was capable of creating images which firmly captured a new level of how individuals and objects interacted with each other. These photos were more than tourist’s memories, these were treasures which captured a glimpse of the past.

The journey of the photographers was littered with popular locations from this time. They visited France, Germany, the UK, Austria, Hungary, and the Netherlands to shoot photos of marvelous locations, including the Linderhof Palace in Bavaria or the coastal cliffs of Étretat in France, which were once painted by the famous painters, Claude Monet and Gustave Courbet.

Nelson dedicated himself to find the creator of those fascinating images to unveil the secret behind this inconspicuous photobook. Unfortunately,  the amount of clues contained by the book itself were sparse: the notes were hard to decrypt and no personal information nor the details of the journey were provided. The only names which were mentioned are “Loren” and “Emily” which most likely belonged to two travel companions. This leaves the name of the photographer still in the dark. However, Nelson abandoned his search for the origins of the book and is continuing to try to unravel the book’s secret.

The whole photo series can be observed here. Take your time and take a glimpse of the history of the early 20th century.

Digitisation preserved essential documents of the past

Today we want to take a look at another example where digitisation preserved historical documents. Similar to analogue photos and films, older documents like newspapers and books will fade away over time. Therefore it is essential to transfer them to a digital medium to preserve them for the future.Digitisation preserved essential documents of the past

In this instance archives from a historic Welsh ironworks were digitised. Some people compare the importance of these archives to the Domesday Book and the Winston Churchill’s wartime papers. The archives were essential for the rapid development of Britain’s expansion throughout the industrial revolution. Thanks to funding it was now possible to save them from the ravages of time.

To be precise, the documents originated from the Neath Abbey Ironworks which were built in 1792. The archives held a huge collection of drawings and blueprints related to early steam machines and mine engines as well as locomotives.Digitisation preserved essential documents of the past Digitisation preserved essential documents of the pastA total of 16,600 British pounds were provided by the Welsh Government and the National Manuscripts Conservation trust (NMCT). This enabled the West Glamorgan Archive Service to start with the essential conservation of the manuscripts which includes their digitisation and the publication on the internet. Approximately 8,000 drawings could be saved to share this part of the history of Great Britain with future generations.

This is just one example of the importance of digitisation. To learn more about digitisation and to preserve your own family heirlooms including analogue photos, negatives and film, visit www.scancorner.co.uk.

Analogue vs. Digital photography

Introduction

For the last decades a question frequently came up which split the photo community in two: Analogue or Digital?

It is undeniable that, digital photography conquered the market by storm and a lot of professionals and amateurs jumped on the bandwagon to make use of the many advantages digital devices offer. However, in the recent years analogue photography regained some of its popularity and photographers got interested in tinkering with the technology of the past.

In the following paragraphs we will explain the differences of analogue and digital photography as well as pointing out advantages and disadvantages.

Costs

Money is always an essential factor in the decision making process . In general it can be said that, digital photography has a higher initial cost which is related to the expenses on the technology. In addition, further upgrades in the future might be necessary or desired. However, if you are impatient and want to see your photos immediately without being compromised by limited storage space or waiting time, there is no better option than digital devices.

Analogue photography on the other hand requires fewer investments in advance. Even though the older camera models are rarely produced they are less expensive than its digital counterparts. This has nothing to do with the missing technology in the device itself: Analogue cameras are lacking features which help to make pictures look great with features like the automatic adjustment of ISO or White balance. Despite the lower initial cost of the device, analogue photographers have to invest more money in film rolls and development of these rolls.

Storage and sharing

Another factor to be considered is the way you want to interact with the results of your photo sessions in terms of sharing and storage.

Sharing digital images is rather easy: transfer the data from the camera to your computer and the only thing you need to share the pictures is a working internet connection or a USB stick. Storing the image files is not much more difficult than the previous process. The most common way is to store them on your hard drive on a computer. Unfortunately, these containers are not always the safest method and we all know that malfunctions of electronic devices can happen at any time. Another way would be to upload the files to a cloud like Dropbox. This has the benefit of being able to access the files from almost anywhere and also protects them from being erased by technical malfunction.

Sharing of negatives and developed pictures is not as easy as the digital counterpart. Due to their tangible form they have to be sent or given to someone personally which makes this endeavor a little bit more time intensive. At least as long as you do not want to invest in a photo scanner, which will further increase the expenditures. Storing on the other side requires physical space which is limited for the majority of us. However, under the right conditions most negatives can survive 40 to 50 years and are not prone to be erased by technical malfunction or a bored computer hacker.

Resolution

Every photographer is striving for the best quality of their photos. An extremely essential factor is the resolution. Digital images are measured in pixel. The higher the number, the higher the amount of independent pixels in a given area and the more detailed the original picture can be displayed.

The resolution of film can be described with the term of spatial resolution. This describes the capabilities of the camera to distinguish small details of an object. It is measured in resolving power and based on a complex mathematical formula revolving around wavelength of light and diameter of the lens aperture. For a very detailed comparison of both factors we recommend to look at the analysis of Roger N. Clark. This analysis compares the two different measurement methods and shows in detail, which kind of film equals how many megapixels.

Just to give a small example: apparently a larger film formats as the Film Fuji Velvia 50 (4×5 inches) is able to capture a 220MP (megapixel) photograph, even after it has been scanned digitally.

White Balance

As mentioned beforehand, one of the features of a digital camera is the fact that, it is possible to automatically adjust the white balance of the film. Furthermore, if you are already familiar with this setting you can manually configure this setting to maximise the quality of your results.

On the other hand we have analogue photography which has a rather limited amount of configuration in terms of white balance. Most of the time there is not even a possibility to adjust this setting. The white balance of the film is preset and the most used presets are: daylight balanced and tungsten balanced. The easiest way to correct the white balance is to do it digitally with editing software after the analogue pictures have been scanned.

ISO

Working in low light conditions might be very challenging. However, the automatic feature included in most digital cameras should take care of this. Nowadays, digital cameras are able to increase the ISO level up to a very high degree. The highest we got so far is the ME20F-SH with a whopping 4,000,000.

Film is much more limited in this regard. The maximum ISO speed for this format is 6400 but speeds between 100 and 3200 are commonly available. This is severe disadvantage over digital camera. It is sometimes possible by manually pushing or pulling several stops to alter the ISO speed and create a certain effect on the photo itself, but most of the times it comes with a decrease in quality of contrast and image tones.

Conclusion

From a technical standpoint, digital photography has much more advantages over its analogue counterpart: immediate access to the images, several features to automatically adjust the settings according to the environment and less expenditures in the long run are only a few factors that give the edge to shooting with a digital device.

The biggest reason you want to use film over digital is the better resolution which can be obtained from medium format cameras, which can be extremely detailed even after scanned digitally.

Unfortunately we cannot give a clear answer on the question which started this discussion and it all comes down to personal preferences. Analogue photography has its own charm and it is hard to capture this experience with a digital camera.

We can only recommend trying both variants and maybe you will find enjoyment without making compromises.

What is your opinion about the question of digital versus analogue photography? Tell us your best experience with either of those styles.

6 tips for taking better Photos

Introduction

Everybody knows that feeling: This is the perfect situation for an amazing shot, the object of desire is right in front of you, you do not hesitate long and ready your camera, you take the shot and a feeling of satisfaction is coming over you. Everything is perfect. After that you check the photo list and you are shocked: the image is blurry, the focus of your shot is off and the person you photographed has this overlying shadow all over her. And there it goes; the feeling of satisfaction is replaced with disappointment and the joy you felt while taking the supposedly perfect picture is washed away by desperation. You ask yourself: “What did I do wrong?”

Well, we cannot answer those questions but we can prepare you for doing it better the next time. This entry is dedicated towards the topic of taking a good picture, without having to buy a camera for several thousand currency. In the following article you will find several guidelines to make your endeavors more rewarding and successful.

1. Preparation

Unfortunately, it is not always as easy as walking around, taking pictures and expect to make some amazing images ready to be shown to friends or relatives who will be amazed of your skills.

The first step to success is to getting used to your equipment. Take your time and explore the capabilities and limitations of your camera. There might be features you have never seen before because you were just too eager to take photos. As usual with all electric devices it is recommended to read the instruction manual. A lot of additional information can be usually found on those documents and can greatly improve the effectiveness of your actions. It can also help if you read some lecture related to photography to gain knowledge and get a few tips from professional.6 tips for taking better Photos

2. Resolution

After you discovered the potential of your camera you might want to set the resolution of your device to the maximum. This action serves two purposes: First, all your photos will be clearer and it will be easier to see important details on the images itself. Furthermore, it will be much easier to alter and edit the pictures later on. If you, for example, use Photoshop to crop a picture with a lower resolution it might be too pixelated to be printed.

A higher resolution means it uses more space of the memory. However, the benefits of making more photos do not outweigh the disadvantages of blurry or pixelated image.  In this case it can be referred to the saying: “Quality over quantity”.6 tips for taking better Photos

3. Explore

With all things set, the “only” thing you have to do is discovering the right opportunities for a good photo. Well, this is easier said than done and to be sure you do not miss out on something, take your camera everywhere. The likelihood of seeing something interesting and be able to use your camera on it is drastically increased if you just get out into the world and start firing away. Use your Sundays for a stroll in the park; take a few pictures than sit down on a bench and wait. Patience is the key: Take your time and do not be disappointed if the results are not great from the get-go. Also try to visit the same places at different times and see what changes occur in terms of lighting and surrounding. Often you will notice pretty severe changes in your environment depending on the time; use this to your advantage.6 tips for taking better Photos

4. Using your camera

After getting familiar with your equipment it is essential to adjust your camera settings based on your surroundings. This is based on the fact that a camera is seeing objects differently than our eyes.  In the recent years digital cameras became quite “clever” and the feature to automatically adjust makes this task rather easy. However, this helpful feature is not always 100% correct and sometimes it is necessary to adjust various factors.

One of those factors is the White Balance. To put it simple: every light source has a “colour temperature” which differs widely depending on the source of the light. For example the light of the blue sky is cold and therefore the camera is seeing it in a blue colour. On the other side of the spectrum, the colour of a burning candle tends to be orange and therefore the camera will see it differently from how we perceive it. This change in colour can be changed with specific editing software later on but you should try to get it right in the first place.

Another very important adjustment which has to be made is ISO. ISO indicates the camera’s sensitivity to light. The component which can change the sensitivity is called the “sensor”. This part of the camera determines how much light is transformed into the image. The higher the ISO value, the higher the sensitivity to light and more light is captured which enables the photographer to take pictures in a dark environment, even without a flash. However, this feature comes with a flaw: the higher the amplifier for the ISO is, the more “noise” is added to the image. An example of the different ISO levels and their effect on the picture can be found on the following image. As a general guideline you always want to stick to the base ISO to get the highest picture quality, but feel free to experiment with it.6 tips for taking better Photos

5. General tips

If you adjusted your camera and before you are going to take your first real pictures, there are a few general guidelines which you could consider sticking to.

The Rule of Thirds

At the start you should use the “Rule of Thirds”. This rule states that an image is divided into nine equally sized parts, which are divided by two horizontal and two vertical lines. It is said that aligning the object of interest along those lines creates a more meaningful image. Therefore you should determine the points of interest in advance and position yourself accordingly. In the picture below, it can be seen that the statue in the background as well as the couple are aligned to the imaginative lines.6 tips for taking better Photos

After you mastered this technique you can try and deviate from this rule. Sometimes it is extremely useful to place your objective off-center in order to make it even more interesting.

Positioning

We shortly touched the subject of positioning in the previous paragraph but it has to be stressed that this is an integral part of photography and therefore deserves a lot of attention. After you took a picture try to move in closer and take another shot. Repeat this and see for yourself how the positioning and angle changes the result. Of course you can also increase the distance to experiment with the scenery.

Based on the object you want to photograph, it might be a good idea to take vertical pictures instead of horizontal ones. High landmarks like mountains and towers usually look considerably better on a vertical image which put their physical appearance into the center of attraction.

Furthermore, try to alter the way you approach the object. Use an inconvenient angle to make a picture: crouching, lying or a top-down approach might lead to better results and more impactful images.

Focus

A very useful but often forgotten feature of a digital camera is the adjustment of the focus. If you press the shutter button gently, the camera will adjust the focus. This will prevent blurry pictures and will increase the quality of the picture taken. The blurry effect can also be caused by shaking hands; so just relax before you take a photo. As an alternative you could use a tripod to ensure an even surface. However, keep in mind that a tripod makes you less mobile and the additional setup time makes you less flexible.

Flash

As an alternative for a natural light source, it is possible to make use of the Flash feature of a digital camera. This will generate an artificial light source for a very short time. By knowing the range of your Flash you can better predict the effect of it and ensure better pictures. In general, the range of the Flash will not exceed 15 steps; most of the times you should take no chances and be not further away than 10 steps.

In contrast to a popular belief, the Flash is also pretty useful in situations in which more than enough light is available. Especially in situation where the photographer is reliant on sunlight it is handy to use the Flash to remove those deep facial shadows which can be caused by the sun.

6. Be patient and selective

After you have finished your photo session take your time and go through all of the photos you have taken. Select the ones you think strike out as the best and keep them. Delete the rest, but take a look at them too and determine the mistakes you made. You can learn a lot from those images by pointing out the missing qualities in order to avoid those missteps in the future.

As a last tip, it has to be said that you need to be patient. Photography is an art and it takes time and effort to master all the different external and internal factors. Find your own style and learn from your mistakes.

We hope this small introduction to the world of photography was helpful to you and could provide you with one or two useful tips. Good luck and success for your future photo sessions.

Do the Boomerang!

Nowadays, Instagram is treated as a standard for every photographer and even under casual users the app has established itself rather quickly. With our without specific filters, using Hashtags and Snapshots they users are trying constantly to entertain their audiences with unique photos.  At the same time the content producers are touting for their part of the daily growing user base . As a natural consequence of the success of the application, it went a step further and enables the user to record moving pictures.
GIFs, short for graphic interchange format are an ever present phenomena of the internet. Even Facebook admitted the success of this graphical format by enabling GIFs as a n alternative to the rather monotonous profile picture.

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But what is Boomerang and which features made it so unique? Under the Slogan: “IT’S NOT A PHOTO, IT’S NOT A GIF, IT’S BOOMERANG”, Instagram released its new application which came more or less as a surprise to the loyal user base.

The app is rather easy to use: press the record button and the rest will be done automatically. Boomerang records a series of a total of 10 pictures and combines them to a video of around 1 second. This extremely short video can be watched forwards and backwards. In addition it is the app also provides the characteristics share option to make the video available for friends and relatives.

The program is comparable to the Live-Photo feature of the IPhone 6. However, Boomerang has no restrictions concerning smartphones and can be installed on almost any commonly used mobile device.
While using the application on a frequent basis it is advised to ensure enough memory space is available. Regardless of the purpose, each and every video will be stored on the actual device. Like its predecessor Instagram, Boomerang is available for free and photos can be made in horizontal and portrait format, using front or rear camera of your smartphone. As a side note, it is not required to be a registered Facebook or Instagram user to have access to this application.
If you already tried Boomerang, please feel free to share your best moments and experiences with us. We are looking forward to all of your creative and ambitious projects.
Your ScanCorner-Team.

Evolution Of Video

Introduction

In the last blog post we talked about the video formats which are nowadays commonly used. Today we want to provide you with information regarding the older generation of video formats, describe the history and point out problems of analogue video formats.

First Steps

The development of the first camera started in the late 1880’s. It was patented by the brothers Auguste Marie Louis Nicolas and Louis Jean who are considered to have produced the first moving picture in the history of human mankind. Besides the two brothers there were a couple of other individuals concerned with development of motion pictures. One of the most important one was Thomas Edison. He invented the Kinetoscope which allowed a single user to see a series of individual pictures in quick succession.

Evolution of video

Even though Edison’s endeavours lead to the first commercially successful film project: the Vitascope, which was in general a projector based device which allows a larger audience to watch a series of pictures, they could not keep up with the rapid developments of the Lumière brothers. They called their invention: Cinematograph. Their first demonstration to an audience can be seen here. It is important to mention that they used a 35mm celluloid film which was coated in an emulsion to prevent wear and tear. After experimenting, Hannibal Goodwin discovered the nitrocellulose film base which resembles the transparent film we know today. George Eastman made an additional effort to coat this film and made it ready to be mass produced.

Evolution of video

After a very competitive start, the development of photography continued with dramatic speed. Around 1912, the movie industry started to grow and one after another achieved their first commercial success by enabling a wide audience to watch moving pictures. Movie theatres became popular and the audience was starving for new and exciting video material.

A touch of colour

Even though the first coloured movie was made in 1908, the results were far away from perfect. It took a while, about 9 years to considerably improve the quality of the film. The process termed “Technicolor” was a technique which involved capturing the colours red, blue and green on three separate negatives. It was known to show movies with highly saturated colours which included for example the highly anticipated “Wizard of Oz.
Evolution of videoThe electrical era

This particular period in time is marked by the fact that it was now possible to add audio to a movie. This was made possible by the “sound-on-film” technology which was developed by Western Electric. Audio Signals were picked up by microphones and were transformed into a narrow band of light via photoelectric elements. A slim segment at the side of the film was used for the “soundtrack”.

Power to the People

Not only was video making a profitable business for companies it was also a convenient way for home enthusiasts to preserve their beloved moments for a very long time. Initially it was too cost intensive for a normal household to buy all the necessary equipment including the film. Therefore, in the early 1920s a new type of film was designed: the 16mm film. It was cheaper to produce and easier to transport which made it popular not only among hobby photographers but also for professional filmmakers.

During the Great depression the industry was forced to come up with a plan to reduce costs for users and producers of the film even more. Yet another format was introduced: the 8mm film. Basically, the 8mm film is smaller which enables it to record more frames per foot in exchange for less details in the recorded material. In addition, the 8mm was cheaper to produce and process than the 16mm, which opened the door for everyone who was passionate about making movies.

In 1965 another huge milestone in the film industry was reached: the development of the Super 8mm film. Conveniently, enough several companies released the Super 8 camera which motivated a new wave of amateur filmmakers to toy around with their new found Gadget.

Home entertainment war

After the rise of movie theatres it was about time that people could enjoy recorded entertainment at home. Companies realised that as well and around 1976 the so called “Home entertainment war” began. The two biggest players in this confrontation were Sony and JVC. Both competitors developed similar tapes with minor differences in terms of visual appearances. It can be seen that the Betamax (Sony) tape was smaller and neater in comparison to the VHS (JVC) which was bulkier. However, this was also the downfall of the Sony and the reason why JVC conquered the market in quick succession. Due to the decision of Sony to produce a smaller tape, it could hold significantly less film. To put it simple: The VHS tape could record up to two hours which is twice the length of a normal Betamax. Even though Sony tried to improve their original tape to keep up with JVC, the VHS tape was always one step ahead, which ultimately led to Sony’s decision to abandon their endeavours in this market segment.

Evolution of video

A new start

In 1984 the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) developed the first digital video. In addition they released the first widely accepted video codec to compress and decompress video material four years later: the H.261. This herald a new era: the Digital Age. Every video format we know today under abbreviations like MP4 or AVCHD is based on the invention of the ITU. Moreover, this advancement in the video industry made all the other analogue formats obsolete. From now on it was possible to store a large amount of data on handy mediums like a CD. Furthermore, unlike video tapes the content was protected from the symptoms of ageing, which brings us to the next point: the flaws of analogue video formats.   

The dying light

Even though the VHS tape brought us a lot of joy it is bound to the natural order. After approximately 10 years the video will start to stutter, flicker and the original sound vanishes and will be replaced by a static noise. Based on the storage conditions of the tape, this process can be accelerated drastically. The reason this happens is the fact that every time the video is played it gets hot and will be damaged by a bit due to the heat. Therefore it is essential to keep the memories alive by digitisation which will allow the user to watch their originals in full glory without any compromises. If you need further information or assistance about digitisation please click here.

We hope this information is useful to you and that the tour through the history of video makes you realise how far we have come in terms of convenience and technology. Stay tuned for our next blog post which will get into more detail about some of the older formats.

Digital Video Formats

Introduction

Nowadays, technology enables us to consume all digital media according to our liking: time, place, language, subtitles and quality, everything according to our preferences. This is accomplished by a variety of formats which most of us know as .MP4´s, .AVI`s or.FLV. But what is the difference between all of those terms which are suspiciously hidden between convenient abbreviations?

The answer on those and more questions can be found in the following paragraphs. However, before we dive deeper into the matter of video formats, it is required to clarify two important concepts: Container and Codec.

The importance of Codec and Container

A Codec is a method for altering data, a software or protocol if you want to compress and decompress video material. This method is used to store a large quantity of data on a digital medium with a limited capacity, like a DVD or a USB stick. Furthermore, it determines how the data is shown on your screen by decompressing it in a certain way which is predetermined by the format. This brings us to the next essential part; the Container.

Often this container is referred to as, the format. Even if the data on the digital medium is compressed it is not assured that this data stays the way it should. It is required to bundle those floating bytes and bits and keep them together as a whole. To accomplish this, a container is used. Think of it as a cage which holds hundreds of birds, ready to fly away if not kept in check.

Types of digital formats/ containers

The following part contains a variety of commonly used formats and their respective file abbreviation. Furthermore, the appropriate codec will be provided to give you a way to open the file just in case you will get the error message “This Video format is not supported” the next time you want to watch a movie.

Format/Container Name Codec
.avi Audio Video Interleave Windows Media Player, Apple QuickTime Player, VLC media player
.asf Advanced Systems Format Windows Media Player, VLC player
.mov or .qt Quicktime Apple QuickTime Player
AVCHD Advanced Video Coding, High Definition VLC Media Player, Apple QuickTime Player
.flv, .swf Flash Video Adobe Flash Player, Web browser with Flash plug-in

In addition to the standard relation between container and codec, there are a few codecs which have containers with a very similar or the same name. An overview of a few commonly used examples will be provided in the next table.

Format/Container Name Codec
MPEG (MPG) Moving Picture Experts Group Windows Media Player, Apple QuickTime Player
MPEG-4 (MP4) Moving Picture Experts Group MP4 players, Apple QuickTime Player, Adobe Flash Player

As technology advances more and more codecs and containers are added to the mix which can make it quite confusing at times. However, the user is rewarded with an increased quality and a gradually decreasing file size of digital videos. Furthermore, the user gains more control on how to interact with the different types of media files, due to the fact that more and more software types support different kinds of formats.

Conversion of Videos

In addition to using a wide array of software to be able to open the given format it is also possible to convert videos. Programs of this kind are priced around €40 to €60 depending on the features it contains. A good overview can be found here. Moreover, the formatting can also be done by using freeware provided by several providers which can be found in the following link.

Nevertheless a word of advice has to be given: the majority of the time,the converted data will be of less quality, especially if you transfer older formats to current formats. So just ensure you are storing the originals somewhere save, to be able to watch the video unaltered and in its full glory without any compromises.

Who takes the spot on the top?

While reading this you might ask yourself:”What is the best video format up to date?” Answering this question is nearly impossible due to the different preferences which are unique for every user. However, MPEG-4 received a lot of praise due to its quality, flexibility and the ability to be read by a large amount of commonly used media players.

There you go; we hope that we could provide you with information, which were new and helpful to you. Stay tuned for the next update on our website.

ScanCorner: Digitise analogue video and photo formats

Analogue photo formats do not last forever. UV radiation, humidity and mold can damage valuable personal treasures like a photo. In order to protect such memories against long-term natural decay, it is important to restore and digitalise those analogue old formats. ScanCorner helps you with preserving all of life’s special moments in digital form. We digitise negatives, slides, old photographs, VHS tapes and Super 8 mm films. We serve Switzerland, United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Australia and India.

Place an order online

It all starts with the customer placing an order online giving the order details and shipping address. Once the order is placed online, a confirmation email is generated which has to be printed out and sent along with the order to us. Once we receive it, we weigh the order and make the estimate of the order size.  And don’t forget to quote your voucher code to receive your special discount.

Manual Scanning and Restoration

Our professionals clean and scan all the images manually on high-end scanners. They check for scratches and colour correction, edit and enhance them by special procedure, providing you with the best quality. The video digitisation involves optimization of image and sound quality, brightness and colour correction and digital noise reduction.

Personalised online gallery and DVD

After the restoration process, a link to your personal online gallery is sent to you, with low resolution photos of the processed negatives, slides and photo prints, for you to review.  For videos, a short 3 minute preview is uploaded to the online gallery, again with link being sent to you. If there are any concerns with the quality of the digitisation, please let us know and ScanCorner implements the correction requests.  You are then provided with your personalised DVD along with all the originals which are shipped back to you. This personalised DVD is easy to preserve, access and share.

Finally a download link to the digitised photo or video formats is available on request.

Best ways to preserve your kids’ memories forever!!

1. Make a photo book out of your kids’ artwork.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. You can also save and share your kid’s photos and videos on keepy – The online album.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Try to make a quilt out of your kid’s baby clothes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Make a family yearbook.

 

 

 

 

 

You can get the photos scanned and make a photo book. You can choose a professional service company which does the scanning job for you. Using ScanCorner’s service, you not only save your valuable time and money incurred, but you also get a better quality scanning output. Image scanning is a one-time activity. So, go for the best quality. Your precious memories deserve the best.

5. You can turn  your kid’s artwork into a softie or key chain.

 

 

 

6. Imprint a damaged teddy bear before throwing it away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Make a teddy bear out of your kid’s baby clothes.

 

Google holds the largest collection of the digitised letters from the wartime

Google opened the largest Russian online archive of letters of more than 800 letters (1941 – 1945) from the war years, “Live memory”. The project was developed by agency Friends Moscow for Google Russia dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the great Patriotic war. There are videos where some of the letters received were read out by theatre and movie actors, musicians, athletes, TV presenters and politicians.

Google holds the largest collection of the digitized letters from the wartimeWillem Rabe created a typographic illustration made up of characters from around 800 letters serves as the interface to the online archive. As visitors will read letters, words will form an image of a soldier who has returned home from the front, reunited with his son.

“Turning what had been static typeface illustrations into a fully immersive interactive experience was an exciting challenge to me as it required both artistic and technical expertise to yield the results we were aiming for. After receiving the photographic data, I started to work on adjusting the contrast of the photograph, then creating an intricate line drawing featuring every contour, crease, strand of hair and fold within the image,” explains Willem.

Google holds the largest collection of the digitized letters from the wartime“The process took a hefty hundred hours and involved a lot of manual labour as every letter of every term had to be sized, spaced and in some instances rotated to get the most even overall appearance.

“After completing the process and following a strict protocol all the outlines were converted into a machine readable format and fed into the content management system that powers the interactive archive. This allowed us to later assign terms to letters that would match contextually.”

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